Learning is a journey. It is not a destination

Mr. Jose Koshy’s work experience covers top-grade companies of a variety of sectors – from Hindustan Unilever Limited to Wipro, TCS and now Oracle. He tells students, on a Big Talk with Amrita School of Engineering, that when organisations are hiring, they look out for not just degrees and certificates on the relevant subject. One’s attitude towards work in general and how much the candidate is willing to go beyond their call of duty is also noticed. Participation in volunteering programmes is the best way to show recruiters this. For anyone starting at a new job, Mr. Jose suggests finding a mentor within the organisation who can guide us to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the workplace, to figure out our place within it and suggest how we can improve on ourself.

Mr. Jose also stresses that learning does not stop at formal education. We must keep updating our knowledge and skills while also assimilating the unconscious learning we do from our peers and colleagues. Embracing values like trust, integrity and commitment will help us add value to the organisation and avoid getting replaced by new technology.

On asked about technology’s impact today, Mr. Jose says that it has, without doubt, taken over all sectors of the economy. It is the reason companies and schools are able to maintain productivity even with the restrictions placed by the pandemic. Society’s increasing reliance on technology, however, brings serious issues of security and privacy. With many people using smartphones and cloud services, data related to our location, contacts, and identity, are being continuously collected by known and unknown entities. Data is the ‘new oil,’ an invaluable resource for this era. Mr. Jose Koshy says that while big companies like Oracle use multiple levels of encryption to protect their data, individuals are not as secure. He suggests that companies working with data should prioritise people’s privacy and press governments to make robust laws that address the privacy intrusion and data breaching issues.

Technology is dramatically changing and adapting to it is no piece of cake. Every 3 months or so new technology comes up, making the current ones redundant. It is necessary for IT companies to keep learning and upgrading their technology to stay ahead of their competition. Institutes of engineering and technical sciences must include semester-based industry interventions in their programmes to guarantee the quality and readiness of students passing out.